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Dutton, April 2005, 23.95, 304 pp.
ISBN 0525948651

Max Freeman was a Philadelphia cop until he gets injured so badly he received a disability pension. One of the people he shot was an unarmed youth and he was unable to cope with what he had done even though it was called a justifiable shooting. He leaves the Northeast and head to Southern Florida where he works as a private investigator for attorney Billy Winchester.
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Max's ex-lover Detective Sherry Richard asks him to check out former Philadelphia police officer Dan O'Shea who is also in South Florida. Three women bartenders have disappeared without any reason and O'Shea detests two of them and knew the third. He travels to his old hometown to talk with O'Shea's ex-wife, who tells him that Dan never hit her. Max also talks with his ex-wife in charge of Internal Affairs who believes O'Shea was involved in the disappearance of a young women though charges were never filed. When he returns home he relies on his own instincts because he believes his ex-lover is not thinking objectively and while she has her sights set on the wrong man, the real killer gets away with murder.

Harriet Klausner
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in small town Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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